Writings by Topic: Democracy and Islam

Middle East Forum Blog
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Report: UK Authorities 'Turning a Blind Eye' to Muslim Electoral Fraud BreitbartAugust 11, 2016
On Turkey's Fraudulent Election Tomorrow June 6, 2015
Middle East Forum Radio
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Benjamin Baird on Islamist Influence in the 2020 Elections Middle East Forum RadioMarch 8, 2020
Articles by MEF Staff and Fellows
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No to the Planned Palestinian Elections The Jerusalem PostJanuary 15, 2020
Eternal Jihad: Islam Will Never, Ever Stop American ThinkerOctober 23, 2018
Kurdistan Region in Iraq Goes to Polls a Year after Independence Vote Jerusalem PostOctober 2, 2018
Socialists Back Islamist-Linked Muslim Candidates in Michigan Primaries The FederalistAugust 13, 2018
Saudi Arabia and Canada: Why Is the Kingdom Losing Support in the West? Jerusalem PostAugust 6, 2018
Europe's Most Important Politicians in 2018 (so Far) The Washington TimesAugust 1, 2018
Turkey: New System, Old One-Man Show BESA CenterJuly 30, 2018
Did Someone Say 'An Apartheid State'? Sigma Insight TurkeyJuly 24, 2018
Islamists With Ties To Terror Lobby Congress FrontPage MagazineMay 4, 2018
The Turkish Referendum: A Turning Point? BESA Center PerspectivesApril 20, 2017
Turks Vote to Give Away Their Democracy The Gatestone InstituteApril 18, 2017
Turkey's Democracy Deficit The Gatestone InstituteAugust 11, 2016
Erdoğan's One-Man Islamist Show Middle East QuarterlySpring 2016
Tunisia's Fragile Post-Revolutionary Order Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2016
Turkey's Stockholm Syndrome The Gatestone InstituteNovember 8, 2015
What Turkey's Elections Will NOT Change The Gatestone InstituteOctober 29, 2015
Erdoğan Leads Turkey to the Precipice The AustralianOctober 17, 2015
The Turkish Press's New Normal The Gatestone InstituteOctober 4, 2015
Turkey's Thaw with Israel Could Be Short-Lived The Gatestone InstituteSeptember 21, 2015
Turkey: Hope and Fear The Huffington PostJune 23, 2015
Post-Election Turkey: Now What? The Gatestone InstituteJune 11, 2015
An End to the 'Era of Oppression' in Turkey? The Gatestone InstituteJune 8, 2015
Turkey's Unimportant Election The Washington TimesJune 5, 2015
Will Turkey Go the Way of Weimar Germany? The Gatestone InstituteMay 2, 2015
Erdoğan's Western Enablers Hürriyet Daily NewsFebruary 18, 2015
Why a 'Turkish Tsipras' is an Oxymoron Hürriyet Daily NewsJanuary 30, 2015
Legitimate and Illegitimate Dictators Hürriyet Daily NewsNovember 26, 2014
What Egypt's President Sisi Really Thinks Middle East QuarterlyFall 2014
The Forgotten Secular Turkish Model Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2013
Better Dictators than Elected Islamists The Washington TimesDecember 11, 2012
Muslim Brotherhood 'Democracy' Investigative Project on TerrorismJuly 9, 2012
Egyptian Election: Islamist Victory or Deceptive Strategy? Gatestone InstituteJune 19, 2012
Moderate Indonesia? The American SpectatorJune 6, 2012
Are Iraq and Turkey Models for Democratization? Middle East QuarterlySummer 2012
Voting in Egypt as 'Holy War' Gatestone InstituteMay 22, 2012
Jihad: When Elections Fail Jihad WatchJanuary 26, 2012
Is an Egyptian "Democracy" a Good Thing? Hudson New YorkFebruary 16, 2011
Anoush Ehteshami and Democracy in Egypt The EconomistFebruary 8, 2011
Islam and Democracy - Much Hard Work Needed National PostFebruary 7, 2011
Why Egypt Will Not Soon Become Democratic The EconomistFebruary 4, 2011
Hala Mustafa and the Liberal Arab Predicament Middle East QuarterlySpring 2010
'Lawfare' gains ground Washington TimesMay 19, 2009
Arab Democracy and American Policy MEF Policy ForumFebruary 25, 2009
The Islamist Role in the 2008 Canadian Elections American ThinkerNovember 8, 2008
Turkey: Erdogan, the AKP, and Secularism Euro-Atlantic QuarterlyJuly 2008
The Case Against Turkey's Ruling Party The AmericanJune 20, 2008
Turkey's Putin Deserves to Go Wall Street JournalJune 6, 2008
Turkish Secularism Is Democratic Middle East QuarterlySummer 2008
The Economics of Democracy in Muslim Countries Middle East QuarterlySummer 2008
Turkey's Uncertain Future The AmericanApril 30, 2008
A Democratic Islam? Jerusalem PostApril 17, 2008
Turkey and Democracy Euro-Atlantic QuarterlyMarch 2008
Are Muslim Countries Less Democratic? Middle East QuarterlyFall 2007
Naser Khader and Flemming Rose: Reflections on the Danish Cartoon Controversy Middle East QuarterlyFall 2007
Ban Islam? New York SunAugust 29, 2007
Can There Be an Islamic Democracy? Middle East QuarterlySpring 2007
Does Prime Minister Erdoğan Accept Turkish Secularism? Middle East QuarterlySpring 2007
Fight for Mideast democracy faltering Philadelphia InquirerJuly 14, 2006
Debate: "Democracy Is about More Than Elections" Middle East QuarterlySummer 2006
Quantifying Arab Democracy Middle East QuarterlySummer 2006
Democratize but Stabilize Middle East QuarterlySummer 2006
Will U.S. Democratization Policy Work? Middle East QuarterlySummer 2006
[The Hamas electoral victory:] Democracy's bitter fruit National PostJanuary 27, 2006
Don't deal with terrorists USA TodayJanuary 25, 2006
The Freedom Crusade, Revisited: A Symposium National InterestWinter 2005/06
All the Wrong Reasons Private PapersNovember 13, 2005
Defending and Advancing Freedom CommentaryNovember 2005
Can Hezbollah and Hamas Be Democratic? New York SunMarch 22, 2005
A Neo-Conservative's Caution New York SunMarch 8, 2005
Indonesian Democracy vs. Islamist Fundamentalism FrontPageMagazine.comAugust 10, 2004
Is an Iraqi Strongman Emerging? New York SunMay 4, 2004
Bush the radical Jerusalem PostNovember 12, 2003
Debate: Islam and Democracy PBS "Wide Angle"July 15, 2003
A Strongman for Iraq? New York PostApril 28, 2003
Want Democracy? Get a King Middle East QuarterlyDecember 2000
Are Today's Islamic Movements Compatible with Democracy? InsightAugust 14, 2000
Can Democracy Prevail? Middle East QuarterlyMarch 2000
There Are No Moderates: Dealing with Fundamentalist Islam National InterestFall 1995
Islam and Democracy: Rejoinder Middle East QuarterlyDecember 1994
On Democracy Middle East QuarterlySeptember 1994
Why Turkey Is the only Muslim Democracy Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1994
Press Releases
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Islamic Relief Fails to Disprove Terror Links News from the Middle East ForumJuly 30, 2018
Book Title Publication Date
Democratic Transitions in the Arab World
by Ibrahim Elbadawi and Samir Makdisi, eds.
Middle East QuarterlyFall 2017
Democratization and Authoritarianism in the Arab World.
by Larry Diamond and Marc F. Plattner, eds.
Middle East QuarterlySummer 2016
Derailing Democracy in Afghanistan: Elections in an Unstable Political Landscape
by Noah Coburn and Anna Larson
Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2015
The Mobilization of Political Islam in Turkey
by Banu Eligür
Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2012
The Next Founders: Voices of Democracy in the Middle East
by Joshua Muravchik
Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2011
The Next Founders: Voices of Democracy in the Middle East
by Joshua Muravchik
CommentarySeptember 2009
Freedom's Unsteady March: America's Role in Building Arab Democracy
by Tamara Cofman Wittes
Middle East QuarterlySummer 2009
Islam and the Everyday World: Public Policy Dilemmas Middle East QuarterlySummer 2008
Islam and Democracy in Iran: Eshkevari and the Quest for Reform
by Ziba Mir-Hosseini and Richard Tapper
Middle East QuarterlySpring 2008
Iran, Islam, and Democracy: The Politics of Managing Change, 2nd ed.
by Ali M. Ansari
Middle East QuarterlySpring 2008
The 'West', Islam and Islamism: Is Ideological Islam Compatible with Liberal Democracy?
by Caroline Cox and John Marks
Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2004
After Jihad: America and the Struggle for Islamic Democracy
by Noah Feldman
Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2004
Rachid Ghannouchi: A Democrat within Islamism
by Azzam S. Tamimi
Middle East QuarterlyFall 2002
Makers of Contemporary Islam
by John L. Esposito and John O. Voll
Middle East QuarterlySpring 2002
Legacy of the Prophet: Despots, Democrats, and the New Politics of Islam
by Anthony Shadid
Middle East QuarterlyFall 2001
Democratization and the Islamist Challenge in the Arab World
by Najib Ghadbian
Middle East QuarterlySeptember 1997
Egypt, Islam and Democracy: Twelve Critical Essays
by Saad Eddin Ibrahim
Middle East QuarterlyJune 1997